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BepiColombo shaken and stacked ahead Mercury mission


Set for launch next year, the BepiColombo spacecraft is coming to the end of its test phase ahead of being shipped to Kourou, French Guiana in readiness to begin…

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Ariane 5 conducts dual payload launch for three providers


Arianespace has conducted the fourth Ariane 5 launch of the year with the lofting of the Inmarsat S EAN/HellasSat 3 and GSAT-17 satellites from Europe’s Spaceport in French…

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Ariane 5 conducts dual payload launch out of CSG


Following the interruption of a “social movement” that effectively shut down the Arianespace base of launch operations, the company launched its third mission in the space of less…

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Ariane 5 returns to action with SGDC and Koreasat-7 launch


Arianespace returned to action on Thursday with the long-awaited launch of its Ariane 5 rocket – following a delay caused by a local “social movement”. Ariane 5 lofted…

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Sentinel-2B rides Vega to join Copernicus fleet


Arianespace’s small launcher, the Vega rocket, has lofted the Sentinel-2B Earth observation satellite on Monday night (local time). Sentinel-2B becomes the fifth satellite launched for Copernicus following its…

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Ariane 5 launches SKY Brasil-1 and Telkom-3S satellites


Arianespace conducted its first Ariane 5 launch of the year on Tuesday. The workhorse lofted the SKY Brasil-1 and Telkom-3S satellites from European Spaceport in Kourou, on a…

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Arianespace Soyuz ST-B launches Hispasat 36W-1


The Arianespace Soyuz ST-B rocket has successfully lofted the Hispasat 36W-1 satellite into orbit on Friday. The launch was the first time a Soyuz rocket had launched a…

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Airbus Safran promotes launch record ahead of Ariane 6 entering production


Airbus Safran Launchers, which now owns the majority stake in Arianespace, has issued a statement of intent, promoting Ariane 5’s track record as it prepares to enter the…

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SpaceX, Air Force assess more landing pads, Dragon processing at LZ-1


As SpaceX continues its efforts to press forward with Return To Flight later this month, a draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment report for Launch Complex 13 at the Cape…

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Arianespace to close out 2016 with dual payload Ariane 5 launch


Arianespace’s final launch of the year involved the successful lift off of its Ariane 5 workhorse rocket on Wednesday. The launch vehicle was tasked with lofting the Star…

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Vega successfully launches Earth Observation spacecraft for Turkey


Arianespace’s Vega rocket successfully launched Turkey’s first governmental satellite for Earth observation. The launch of the Göktürk-1A satellite occurred on schedule with a T-0 of 13:51 GMT on Monday,…

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Busy December to mark end of year global launch salvo


Up to 15 orbital launches are set to take place during a very busy December, not counting the opening mission of the month that resulted in the loss…

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Sentinels monitor sinking San Francisco skyscraper for case study


The European Space Agency’s fleet of Sentinel satellites are busy checking into urban ground movements, using San Fransico as a case study. Their findings reveal the city’s Millennium…

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Ariane 5 ES successfully launches Galileo quadruplets


An Ariane 5 ES rocket successfully launched four Galileo satellites from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana on Thursday. The launch of the FM-12 through FM-14 involved the…

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NASA creates working group to get Orion ESM back on schedule


NASA is continuing to work towards the historic maiden launch of the Space Launch System (SLS), with the rocket still on schedule to make a 2018 debut. However, the…

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Schiaparelli landing data to aid ExoMars 2020 rover


While the final result was not as intended, data from the European Space Agency’s Schiaparelli lander, which failed to make a successful soft landing on the surface of…

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Ariane 5 launches Sky Muster II and GSAT-18


Ariane 5 continued Arianespace’s busy 2016 pace with her fifth launch of the year via the lofting of the Sky Muster II and GSAT-18 communication satellites on Wednesday….

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Historic Rosetta mission to comet 67P concludes with landing


After more than 12 years in space and two years at comet 67P, the European Space Agency has said goodbye to its historic Rosetta spacecraft.  The first craft…

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Vega launches with Peru Sat-1 & SkySat 4, 5, 6, 7 payload


Arianespace were in action on Thursday, with the launch of a Vega rocket from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, carrying the Peru Sat-1 and SkySats…

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Ariane 5 sets new record via the lofting of Intelsat pair


Arianespace successfully launched its fourth Ariane 5 mission of the year with the deployment of two more telecommunication satellites from the European Spaceport in Kourou on Thursday. The…